Republican Senators Urge Biden to Revoke Visas of Pro-Hamas Foreigners

Several Republican Senators recently called on President Joe Biden to revoke the visas of foreign nationals residing in the United States who support Hamas, the Palestinian resistance group that controls Gaza and launched a vicious attack on Israel on October 7, 2023.

On October 19, 2023, Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn and Florida Senator Marco Rubio issued a resolution calling on the Biden regime to strip pro-Hamas foreign nationals of their visas, especially foreign nationals who hold F-1 student visas, who currently live in the US.

“Hamas is a brutal terrorist group, and there is simply no place in America for terrorist sympathizers,” Blackburn declared in a statement:

“Current U.S. law clearly underlines that any foreign national who endorses Hamas or other foreign terrorist organizations should not be allowed to enter this country. To put the security of American citizens first, President Biden must immediately revoke the visas of those who support Hamas and other terrorist groups.” 

In a similar vein,  Rubio said living in the US is a privilege for visa-holders but not a right and therefore “any individual … promoting Hamas should have that privilege revoked.”

“Republicans are united in calling on President Biden to enforce current law and revoke the visas of any foreign national who support[s] Hamas or any other foreign terrorist organization,” Rubio remarked.

Alabama Senator Katie, Florida Senator Rick Scott , North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer, Ohio Senator J.D. Vance, North Carolina Senator Ted Budd, Nebraska Senator Pete Ricketts , Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, Texas Senator John Cornyn, and North Dakota Senator John Hoeven signed on to this resolution.

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, calling on him to kick off the process of revoking visas for pro-Hamas foreign migrants and subsequently send them back to their countries of origin.

“I write to urge you to immediately deport any foreign national — including and especially any alien on a student visa — that has expressed support for Hamas and its murderous attacks on Israel,” Cotton declared. “These fifth-columnists have no place in the U.S.”

While the US should not be importing Palestinians and other foreigners with massive ethnic grievances, some of this push to revoke visas reeks of petty partisan posturing.

Why weren’t these Republicans so fiercely opposing legal and illegal Immigration beforehand? After all, the bulk of migration these days is coming from Latin America and Asia, not the Middle East.

Let’s hope Republicans can consistently push for immigration restriction and not selectively do it in cases where it’s politically convenient. 

As we know all too well, the immigration question is existential in nature so the time to restrict immigration is now. No more kicking the can down the road here.

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